reformat my computer?
Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:23 PM
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:26 PM
There is a good walk through for reformat and reinstalling Win XP here, I suggest you read it carefully before you start the process.
Merged this post and the one above to this topic from the one discussing the infection originally posted in XP. ~ OB
Edited by Orange Blossom, 17 April 2009 - 07:20 PM.
Removed no longer relevant text. ~ OB
Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:39 PM
i have recently been plauged with a virus, and i am sick of wasting time trying to get rid of it.
will reformatting my computer delete all malware, viruses, and spyware? or are there some that can avoid this?
my dell studio 17 laptop has a function that "restores the computer to factory settings", is this reformatting? or do i need to do something else?
i know i will lose my data but i really dont care i just need my computer running right again as soon as possible.
These are my questions:
1. Will "reformatting" my computer guarantee that the virus is eliminated?
2.If so, how to i go about reformatting my computer?
3. also, i have two programs that i have purchased online, and i would like to make sure they dont get deleted, what is the best way of making sure i dont lose these programs?
I dont know much about this process, except that i will lose all my data on my main hard drive, which is a price i am willing to pay if i can get rid of this dam virus!
Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!
Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:47 PM
Then choose "Restore my computer to an earlier date" select a date before you got the virus, click next and let it restore your computer. The virus could prevent you from doing that though but it is worth a try.
If you do restore the computer back to factory setting, you will need to reinstall those programs so make sure you back up the file you downloaded to install them and have your license keys to them.
If you cannot back up those program install files it is possible that you can redownload them as long you have the product code, or license key, for when you install them, especially if you have your order number from when you purchased them. Most places will let you redownload them with proof of purchase.
Edited by Stang777, 17 April 2009 - 11:32 PM.
Posted 17 April 2009 - 01:56 PM
Will "reformatting" my computer guarantee that the virus is eliminated?
More than likely, yes
If so, how to i go about reformatting my computer?
also, i have two programs that i have purchased online, and i would like to make sure they dont get deleted, what is the best way of making sure i dont lose these programs?
As long as you still have the programs installation key you can download it again.
It's best to double-check their support site
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